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"This is one of the Willamette Valley’s most distinguished wineries, but not one that is widely known."

- Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile - September 2016


"Dena Drews and Ernie Pink have been quietly producing some of Oregon's most elegant and perfumed Pinots since the 2004 vintage. Their 30-acre vineyard outside the town of Dallas, abutting the famed Freedom Hill vineyard where Drews and Pink live, is painstakingly farmed and yields are kept low so production of these wines is limited. Winemaking includes abundant use of whole clusters, which is no doubt responsible for the wines' exotic bouquets and sneaky structure…"

- Josh Raynolds, Vinous - October 2015


"...Dallas growers Dena Drews and Ernie Pink... showed me this July three of their reserve bottlings and thereby altered my perception of their endeavors. Since these are produced in only one- or two-barrel quantities, they offer an extreme instance of a phenomenon encountered at numerous Willamette addresses, whose really exciting releases are extremely limited. But they also testify, importantly, to what is possible; and what’s possible from this site in these hands revealed itself to be extraordinary!... And what a Syrah!"

- David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate - October 2013

Wine & Spirits

"Finding that their whole-cluster tannins take some time to integrate, Pink and Drews hold their wines in barrel for up to 18 months - so Amalie Robert is just releasing its 2008s. And what a stellar group of wines: Bright and tart, they possess both transparency and substance, emphasizing notes of rosehips and sandalwood as much as red berries. The pinot noirs alone would likely have earned Amalie Robert a top 100 nod this year. But the winery also produces cool-climate syrah that rivals the best examples from the Sonoma Coast. And the 2009 Heirloom Cameo, their first attempt at a barrel-fermented chardonnay, turned out to be one of our favorite Oregon chardonnays of the year. Ten vintages in, Amalie Robert has hit its stride."

- Luke Sykora, Wine & Spirits Magazine – September 2011


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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Amalie Robert Estate: 2016 Wadenswil Selection at the Willamette Valley Winery Association Pinot Noir Auction

Hello and Welcome, 

The 2018 Willamette Valley Winery Association Pinot Noir Auction is this weekend. The pre-event festivities begin Friday, April 6th and the auction takes place Saturday, April 7th. Note: Wine flies free on Alaska Airlines. Just saying... 

Amalie Robert Estate has contributed a very special 10 case lot of Wadenswil clone 2A as our inaugural auction offering. The wine is a single barrel selection from a one acre block of estate grown Wadenswil clone 2A planted at the turn of the century and fermented with indigenous yeast and whole clusters. 

Wadenswil, yeah we do that. And we have been doing it for some time now. Our sedimentary soil series is called Bellpine, a well drained silty clay loam. Wadenswil clone 2A is a Swiss selection of Pinot Noir. Some things just work, and some things are just farming marvelous! This is one of those things.

Where the Wadenswil grows – Ernie and his Bellpine soil

We present the following links, helpful information and Amalie Robert Estate Wadenswil history to fully prepare you for the Wadenswil experience.

What is Wadenswil clone 2A? Read the Amalie Robert Estate: Interview with a Clone - Wadenswil 2A

Tell me more about the Amalie Robert Estate Auction Lot: 2016 Vintage Wadenswil Selection Pinot Noir

Planning to attend? We look forward to sharing our Wadenswil clone 2A with you. And maybe some delicious Chardonnay and top rated cool climate Syrah.

Can't attend, but you simply must have this wine? Please contact Dena at for information on submitting a proxy bid.

Follow this link to learn more about the Willamette Valley Winery Association Pinot Noir Auction: Willamette - The Pinot NoirAuction

Now the good stuff: A historical vertical of Wadenswil clone 2A from Amalie Robert Estate 2007 - 2014 as reviewed by Josh Raynolds.

2014: Amalie Robert Estate Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone Willamette Valley
Limpid ruby-red. Highly perfumed aromas of black raspberry, cherry cola, exotic spices and sandalwood pick up a floral overtone as the wine stretches out. Palate-staining red berry preserve, blood orange, rose pastille and spicecake flavors become deeper with air while maintaining vivacity. Finishes on a suave floral note, displaying superb clarity, lingering spiciness and silky tannins that merge smoothly into the energetic fruit. 93 Points, Vinous.

2013: Amalie Robert Estate Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone Willamette Valley
Brilliant red. Spicy and brisk on the nose, displaying lively red fruit, floral and succulent herb character and a hint of vanilla. Juicy, focused and light on its feet, offering energetic raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that take a sweeter turn as the wine opens up. Shows very good depth for the vintage, with no rough edges and a long, subtly tannic finish that leaves notes of cherry pit and star anise behind. 91 Points, Vinous.

2012: Amalie Robert Estate Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone Willamette Valley
Brilliant red. Potent mineral-tinged aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola and smoky Indian spices, with a hint of lavender in the background. Concentrated yet lithe on the palate, offering intense dark berry compote and bitter cherry flavors that slowly become sweeter with aeration. Chewy tannins come on late, adding grip to the very long, penetrating, fruit-driven finish. 93 Points, Vinous

2011: Amalie Robert Estate Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone Willamette Valley
Lucid red. Red and dark berries, incense, lavender and smoky minerals on the pungent, exotically perfumed nose. Juicy black raspberry and cherry flavors are lifted and given spine by juicy acidity and a hint of peppery spices. Finishes lithe, spicy and penetrating, with fine-grained tannins and emphatic floral and cherry pit qualities. 92 Points, Vinous.

2010: Amalie Robert Estate Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone Willamette Valley
Bright red. High-pitched cherry and Asian spice aromas are deepened by notes of sassafras, woodsmoke and cola. Stains the palate with sappy red and dark berry flavors and tangy acidity adding lift and cut. An exotic floral nuance emerges with air and carries through a long, sweet and persistent finish. While this energetic pinot is built to age, it has a lot of immediate appeal. 93 Points, Vinous.

2009: Amalie Robert Estate Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone Willamette Valley
Bright red. Heady, exotic aromas of candied red fruits, sandalwood, lavender and rose. Juicy, sweet and focused, offering fresh raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that put on weight with air. Shows an array of spice and floral qualities on the finish, along with notes of candied raspberry and bitter rhubarb. Wild stuff, and balanced to age. 93 Points, Vinous.

2008: Amalie Robert Estate Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone Willamette Valley
Bright red. Displays an array of red and dark berry scents, along with notes of cherry-cola, pungent herbs and baking spices. Sappy, deeply pitched cherry and black raspberry flavors are well concentrated but surprisingly lively, picking up a zesty mineral quality with air. Dusty tannins add grip to the sweet, incisive finish. This benefits a lot from air; it was fermented with all whole clusters, as are all the pinots here. 91+ Points, Vinous.

2007: Amalie Robert Estate Pinot Noir The Reserve (100% Wadenswil) Willamette Valley
Limpid red. Bright strawberry, raspberry and Asian spices on the nose, with a seductive note of potpourri that gains strength with air. Sappy, spicy, attractively sweet red fruit flavors are energized by tangy blood orange and white pepper nuances, with a note of medicinal cherry adding grip. Plays deep cherry off tangy strawberry on the finish, which is precise, lively and very long. This will age on its energy and balance. 93 Points, Vinous.

Kindest Regards,

Dena & Ernie

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